City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 8/27/10

August 27, 2010
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: David Bugher, Assistant City Manager

  • 4th Stryker Brigade "Raiders" Return: Shortly after midnight on August 25th 300 soldiers from Lakewood's adopted brigade, the 4th Stryker Brigade "Raiders" touched down on McChord Field after a year in Iraq. By early September, all 4,200 soldiers from the brigade will be back at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The link below displays photos taken during and after a short ceremony at 2:30 AM commemorating their homecoming. The Raiders have received national publicity over the last week as the last combat brigade to leave Iraq; combat operations began there in 2003. The media were allowed access to this homecoming event since the brigade commander, Colonel John Norris and Command Sergeant Major Jeffrey Huggins were part of this flight increment. /documents/news_and_events/raiders_continue_to_return_from_iraq.pdf . Here's another link from KIRO-TV: http://www.kirotv.com/video/24758074/index.html .
  • 11th Annual Lakewood International Festival this Weekend: This is a final reminder that the Lakewood Sister Cities Association (LSCA) is proud to present its 11th Annual Lakewood International Festival, on Saturday, August 28th in the Sharon McGavick Student Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood, Washington. This year's festival begins at 11:00 a.m. and is free to the public. For more details visit the City's website.
  • Police host first Annual Junior Police Academy: On Saturday, August 21st, the Lakewood Police Department hosted the first Annual Junior Police Academy. Demonstrations included a bike rodeo, obstacle course, Marine Unit and water safety, Narcotics K-9, SWAT, Forensics, Radar and Tae Kwon Do. Participants received a "passport" and stamps for the various events, and a certificate of completion. Approximately 130 children were in attendance. This event was coordinated by LPD Sergeant Gene Sievers and CSRT member CSO Dawn McGinnis. Many thanks are offered to the police officers and explorers who participated as well as sponsors including Lowe's, Walmart, Target, Make a Difference charity, Kiwanis Club, Lakewood Tow, Allied Ice, Master Kwon, Kim Parker with Farmer's Insurance, Clover Park School District, and Lakewood Parks Department for their support. This Junior Academy event was a great opportunity for the Lakewood Police Department to interact with children and parents in a fun, active and positive manner.
  • Hudtloff Middle School: Under the Washington Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), the Clover Park School District has released a Determination of Non Significance (DNS) for the reconstruction of the Hudtloff Middle School. As part of the DNS process, the District will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, September 8th at 7:00 PM in the Hudtloff Middle School Library, 8102 Phillips Road SW. Interested parties are invited to attend. City staff will be present at the meeting. City staff will also review and comment on the DNS as appropriate.
  • Staff Meets with Representatives from Senator Murray's Office: This past week Mayor Richardson and assistant city manager Dave Bugher met with representatives of Senator Murray's Office. A variety of topics were discussed but the majority of comments centered on the growth of Joint Base Lewis-McChord and the Military Air Corridor.
  • Lakewood Fire Department presents memorial gifts to Police Department: During the evening of August 25th, the Lakewood Fire Department presented the Lakewood Police Independent Guild with the memorial flag which flew between the two ladder trucks outside LPD on the day of the Lakewood Police memorial service - December 8, 2009. The flag is encased in a beautiful handmade shadow box. LFD also presented a t-shirt for the Chief and a wooden laser-burned plaque with all four officer names engraved. In addition, they presented the Guild with a check for $4,000 for the benevolent fund.
  • Community Development Department hosts Low Interest Sewer Connection Loan Workshop: The Lakewood Community Development Department is conducting a workshop with multifamily and mobile home park property owners regarding the availability of low interest sewer connection loans. The workshop is to be held at City Hall on Thursday, September 9th beginning at 10:00 AM. City and county officials will be present to answer any questions. As of this writing, 51 property owners have requested applications representing 87.43 Residential Equivalencies (EU's). To "start" the sewer system, the City needs a minimum of 400 EU's.
  • Recent Additions to the City's Website: In an effort to keep council members and the public informed of upcoming events and news items, several new items have been posted to the City's website this week. There is an advertisement for the 2010 International Festival, notification of upcoming sewer connection workshop, a piece on the return of the 4th Stryker Brigade Raiders, and a copy of a memorandum explaining the City's involvement with the Camp Murray Gate.
  • CSO becomes certified Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) instructor: Community Service Officer Gail Conelly of the City's CSRT attended a three-day training event, August 25th - 27th, to become a certified R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) Instructor.
  • CSO attends Prevailing Wage Awarding Agency Workshop: CSRT member CEO Randy Richards attended the Prevailing Wage Awarding Agency Workshop this week. The workshop was presented by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries at their Tukwila location. The workshop was an orientation on practices that are used in the abatement process for choosing bids for work submitted by contractors.